Antiques expert Judith Miller, writing in the Daily Telegraph recently, has lined up her own list of where the general public can find quality antiques. The necessary knowledge and advice required for investments and speaking to specialist antiques dealers also comes high on her list.
Antiques dealers can be found in most towns and cities throughout Britain and usually come under the heading of general or specialist dealers. General dealers tend to locate their stock predominately through house clearances and may have some knowledge of the items they sell. However, the specialist dealer makes it their business to know a lot about antiques and, contrary to popular belief, sells quality antiques within most people’s price range. Specialist dealers will always heavily research each antique they buy and know exactly what an item is worth, plus its provenance or history. So those of us wishing to buy an antique for investment purposes should go to a specialist antiques dealer who will be able to advise on the best pieces to buy for the greatest return.
Specialist dealers are usually members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, or BADA approved, and will guarantee quality and provenance of any items they sell. Another sign to look for out for is the London and Provincial Antique Dealers’ Association, or Lapada. Antiques centres also provide the expertise of a number of specialist dealers who together provide a comprehensive range of antiques to choose from.
There are many specialist antiques dealers in Lancashire and Cumbria, so when buying quality antique chairs in Lancashire for investment purposes and you require background knowledge and advice, these local antiques dealers will be able to help you.
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